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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the UNESCO world heritage monuments list along with other monuments in Mtskheta, the old capital of Iberia. It's located on a hill overlooking the intersection between the rivers of Mtkvari and Aragvi and it dates back to the 6th century. Directly linked to the old tradition of Saint Nino, who converted the King Mirian the 3rd to Christianity in the 4th century, where the ruins of the small church of Jvari right adjacent to the monastery is the place of her wooden cross that she put on an old pagan temple. As this little church was too small for the visiting pilgrims, the Jvari Monastery was built, and it is considered the architecture example for many other monasteries built in the whole Caucasus area. Visiting the place is a must for all people visiting Georgia especially if you are visiting the city of Mtskheta or the neighbouring city of Gori.

Date of experience: February 2020
Thank Mohamed S
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Reviewed 30 October 2020

The original name of the Jvari Church was "Church of the Holy Cross". The church that is considered by many Georgians to be the most sacred place in Georgia stands exactly where the "Holy Tree Cross" was established by King Mirian the 3rd, shortly after he converted to Christianity. The church has been build just above the location of the cross. The view from the top of the hilltop of the church towards the valleys of the 2 rivers is very impressive.

Date of experience: November 2019
2  Thank Israel R
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Reviewed 11 July 2020

Its an old sixth-century Georgian Orthodox monastery, half an hour drive from Tbilish, near Mtskheta, their old capital. You get the beautiful view of city and Kvari river.

Date of experience: August 2019
3  Thank Omar_AV
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Reviewed 27 June 2020 via mobile

Beautiful little church outside of Tbilisi. Huge holy site for Georgian. Very beautiful and great views of the regions. Would definitely recommend.

Date of experience: March 2020
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Reviewed 16 May 2020

Right here, at the 4th century, beloved St. Nino converted King Mirian and Queen Nana into Christianity. In recognition of their Faith, King Mirian erected here his holy large wooden (or vime) cross. Since then, this small mountain is considered the holiest shrine of Georgia and an important religious site, attracting thousands of pilgrims from all over the Caucasus, as the mentioned cross was reportedly able to work miracles. Around 585 and 604, the Duke Stepanoz I of Kartlis built a sanctuary, known since then as the "Church of the Holy Cross of the Jvari Monastery". Erected atop the Jvari rocky mountain (656 mts.), at the confluence of rivers "Mtkvari" and "Aragvi", it overlooks the city of Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia. It is an outstanding example of early medieval religious architecture, harmonizing style to environment. The monastery is still religiously active and is under the responsibility of the "Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church". In 1994, it was appointed by Unesco as a "World Heritage Site". Therefore, visiting Jvari is absolutely a must! Enjoy!

Date of experience: September 2019
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